Though there has been a rise in positive COVID-19 cases among children and young adults, rates are still lowest for preschool and elementary school children who continue to have mild symptoms and seem to quickly shed the virus. According to Dr. Zachary Hoy, Pediatrix-affiliated pediatric infectious disease specialist at Nashville Pediatric Infectious Disease in Tennessee, the surge in cases may be due to increased testing availability as well as an increased need for testing due to more symptomatic cases. The return to in-person schooling may also be a contributing factor. “Although school is likely a component, I don’t think it’s the whole reason, as infection rates are rising among adults as well,” said Dr. Hoy. “More people are congregating in the same area.” In addition, seasonal weather changes are pushing more people inside, creating a perfect storm of factors.

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